Lithium-Ion Batteries Power the Future
It’s 2014 and, as a society, we have become obsessed with technology. We listen to music on our smartphones, read the news on tablets, and even wear computers in our wristwatches and glasses. Many of these devices get their power from rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries. As time goes along, lithium-ion battery technology continues to improve and the batteries continue to find their way into increasingly larger and more complex gadgets, devices, and even vehicles.
If you are a lawn and garden enthusiast, this means you will continue to see lithium-ion batteries show up in more and more of your landscaping tools. With lithium-ion batteries invading your tool shelf, you may find yourself asking this question:
What makes lithium-ion batteries so special?
- Lithium-ion batteries are a type of rechargeable battery. Unlike traditional batteries, you do not have to replace them when they lose their charge.
- Lithium-ion batteries hold a charge longer than other types of rechargeable batteries.
- Unlike other rechargeable batteries, the power from Lithium-Ion batteries does not gradually drop as the batteries are used between charges.
- Lithium-Ion batteries have longer life cycles than other types of rechargeable batteries. All rechargeable batteries degrade with repeated charge-recharge cycles. Lithium-ion batteries degrade at a much slower rate than other rechargeable batteries, meaning that they last longer than other types of batteries.
- Lithium-ion batteries are lighter than other types of batteries, meaning that the devices that they are used in can be more lightweight than they would be otherwise
- Lithium ion batteries are a comparatively new technology, and new advances are being made in lithium-ion technology all of the time. Several companies throughout the world have recently made breakthroughs in lithium-ion technology that will allow the creation of even more advanced batteries that will last for even longer periods of time and power even larger devices, tools, and vehicles.
As battery technology advances, the technology in your power tools will advance as well. In the future, it is possible that every tool on your shelf will contain a lithium-ion battery. Someday, you may even find yourself riding along in a golf cart, dune buggy, or riding mower powered by a li-ion battery.